As the days continue to get longer and warmer, weekend retreats become more common. Exploring new corners of the state is a great way to stay active, but it’s important to stay healthy while traveling no matter how tempting those chips, sodas and candy bars might be!
If a road trip is in your near future, here are a couple heart-healthy tips and tricks to keep in mind:
- Heart-healthy road snacks – Fresh fruits, veggies, nutrition bars, whole grain wraps or sandwiches, sunflower seeds and trail mix make for great road snacks because they are easy to pack and high in nutritional value. If you need something sweet, try some dark chocolate.
- TIP: When buying trail mix or nutrition bars, look for products that are high in vitamins and low in sodium.
- Water is the way – Bring a few reusable (BPA-free) water bottles that you can refill along the way. Forget sodas and sweet coffee drinks, water is the quickest way to hydrate your body and improve circulation.
- TIP: Drop fresh fruits and veggies into your water bottle for a delicious and nutritious kick to your beverage.
- Move and stretch – It is important to make frequent stops during long road trips to get the blood flowing in your body.
- TIP: Try one of these seven tips to improve circulation during prolonged sitting.
- Elevate your legs – Sitting in a car for many hours can be detrimental to circulation, but elevating your legs can help.
- TIP: Recline your seat or move to the backseat to elevate your legs. Simply elevating your legs for 30 minutes, three or four times a day can reduce swelling and improve blood flow.
- Your heart in the heat – The heat can affect heart medications and often results in poor circulation.
- TIP: Keep your body cool throughout the car ride by using the air conditioner and wearing clothes that are loose and comfortable.
When traveling for extended periods of time, remember these tips to ensure a fun and heart-healthy road trip. To learn more about vein health, visit our Vein Clinic. Or, make an appointment with one of our vascular specialists by calling 907-563-8346 (VEIN).